SIBU: The new Fire and Rescue Station in Selangau has been in operation since July 1 and is ready to provide 24-hour emergency response services to people in the area.
Selangau Fire Station chief Mohd Shukri Abdul Rahim said the station had a manpower of 17 personnel, who work two shifts a day.
He said the station would also be strengthened with 18 voluntary firemen by the end of this month.
“The volunteers are mostly people living near Selangau, ” he said.
He added that his department was training the volunteers to prepare them to help during emergencies.
Mohd Shukri said the new station had yet to receive any emergency calls since starting operations on July 1.
“Our area of coverage is from Selangau district to as far as Sungai Arip, towards Tatau and the Sekuau scheme near Sibu.
“We have one fire engine and two utility vehicles as well as a rescue boat, ” he elaborated.
He said the department was in the midst of getting more equipment as well as installing fire hydrants in the Selangau district.
“We are also conducting a study on the number of houses in remote locations in the Selangau area.”
Mohd Shukri explained that the study was important as not all registered longhouses were accessible by road due to geographical and location factors.
“We have to find the best access possible before going to a specific location in case of an emergency, using either land or river transport, ” he said.
He added that in emergencies, the station could be reached at 084-891300.
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